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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.


NPW 2020: #PreventionHappensHere 

Show your engagement and  support to promote substance use prevention in our community by submitting a picture holding one of the signs. Send it back to The pictures will be posted to LifeSteps Council social media.

 Download Signs Here.   Choose what you want to support and feel free to add information and decorate your sign!

Together we can build a better tomorrow! 


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LifeSteps Coalition is partnering with local organizations to promote #iLiveRed Campaign during October, Substance Abuse Prevention month.

The goal is to promote positive drug-free messages to boost healthy and protective factors that already exist in the community to encourage youth to make healthier choices. 

Due to the weather, we have canceled the event in the park.  During the Red Ribbon Week, we’ll be launching a photo/video contest.


Why the red sunglasses theme?

Fun, youth, expressive, extroverted, confident, sociable, friendly, not afraid…  JJ.16

Those are some words that came to our mind when we visualize someone wearing red sunglasses. The concept behind it is that you can “see” a healthier and drug-free life through new lenses!  

The red glasses are only a symbol - the ultimate goal is to develop a strong sense of self-confidence, identity, belonging and resilience, to manage any stress of life, and prevent any negative/destructive consequences, such as substance use disorders. 


See the #iLiveRed Art Gallery. Click here


What’s Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is a national movement to raise awareness about substance use prevention.  

The Red Ribbon Campaign originated when Federal Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985.   In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.

Many families have been affected by substance use disorders. We know that our kids start to experiment with drugs around 12 years old. Some will become addicted to alcohol and other drugs.  IT”S TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PREVENTION! The community can work together to promote healthier choices and a drug-free lifestyle.


Be part of the Movement! Using the hashtag #iLiveRed,  put on your red glasses (or wear red)  and post your pic with a drug-free message, OR show your moves in a flossing dance short video.


Have you seen it? Check out those moves!








Past Events:


Pictures of  2019 Overdose Awareness Day here

 Overdose Awareness Day is a day to remember those who were lost, who are struggling, and who are in recovery!



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